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Happening now: @US_CYBERCOM @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA and @DeptofDefense Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy Mieke Eoyang testifying before #HASC subcommittee on on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems
"#China is the pacing threat for the department, including in #cyber operations" per @DeptofDefense Deputy Asst Sec Eoyang

"China uses cyber operations to erode US military overmatch and economic vitality, stealing US intellectual property & research"
"#Russia also continues to be a highly-sophisticated & capable adversary, integrating malicious cyber activities, including espionage & influence operations in mutually reinforcing ways" per Eoyang
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The @USNavyCNO in his testimony #HASC placed #sealift for @US_TRANSCOM @MSCSealift @DOTMARAD as the second strategic area for the ship construction budget, behind Columbia SSBN.

His concept is to buy old versus build new.

2/The @USNavyCNO notes that it would cost $300-500 million to obtain new ships, vice used ships at $20-25 million with 20 years of life. Here is what is wrong with that statement.

First, their market analysis has alerted the ship owners of US government interest...
3/This interest, along with a massive uptick in commercial market, will make ships much more expensive plus conversion costs.

Second, this follows what was done after 1991, when @DOTMARAD added ro/ros to their fleet. Ships built back then had longer service lives than today...
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No specifics from @DeptofDefense on whether officials warned #Russia over alleged #Afghanistan bounties

“The Department has nothing more to offer on this matter beyond what Sec Esper & Chairman Milley provided during their testimony to the House Armed Services Comm. on July 9th"
"Reports of #Russia placing ‘bounties’ on US service members were found to be uncorroborated by all defense intelligence agencies" adds Pentagon spox Maj. Rob Lodewick "The Department takes all reports dealing w/force protection seriously, regardless of the degree of credibility"
During his July 9 testimony to the #HASC, @thejointstaff's Gen Milley did say: "What should or could we be doing at the strategic level? Is there diplomatic & informational & economic of the sanctions, are there demarches? Are there phone calls? ..."
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LIVE NOW: @EsperDoD and #GenMilley @thejointstaff are testifying before the House Committee on Armed Services (#HASC) to address when the military can be used for domestic law enforcement. We’re listening.
TUNE IN & follow this thread for more.…
Between now and November, more protests are possible. @realDonaldTrump could use them as justification to invoke the #InsurrectionAct and interfere with the #2020Election. The public needs to know if that'd be lawful.
Secy @EsperDoD says at all times the Guard units from outside DC were under section 502(f) authority and remained at all times under the command of their governors.
Who commanded the National Guard not to use firearms?
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NEW: #Taliban takes issue with latest @DeptofDefense report on #Afghanistan, assertion that #alQaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) " routinely supports & works with low-level Taliban members in its efforts to undermine the Afghan Government..."
"We strongly reject this report, calling it propaganda and inaccurate" per #Taliban spokesman @Zabehulah_M33 (via translation) on alleged support for #AQIS

"The Islamic Emirate does not support any foreign organization anywhere, including the Indian subcontinent"
#Taliban "does not interfere in the affairs of other countries in accordance with its policy, so it does not want to help anyone outside the borders of Afghanistan" @Zabehulah_M33 says of #alQaida in the #India|n Subcontinent, calling timing of the report "unfortunate"
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NEW: "It's still evolving" HASC Chairman @RepAdamSmith tells reporters of White House meeting on #Russia bounty story

"The most concerning part is that the White House didn't have very clear answers" he says, adding WH concern was making sure lawmakers knew @POTUS "didn't know"
"The president knew a little bit" per #HASC Chair @RepAdamSmith

"There is conflicting intelligence" he says "There is evidence of #Russia|n involvement"
"I think it is unacceptable to have come out and say the president knows nothing on this" per #HASC's @RepAdamSmith

"It would be hard for me to imagine he wasn't aware... He should have at least known the basics of it"
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NEW: House Armed Services Committee requesting briefing from @DeptofDefense today/Tuesday on allegations #Russia paid bounties to #Taliban to kill US troops in #Afghanistan, ranking member @MacTXPress tells reporters

"Chairman Smith & I insisted" but so far no response from DoD
"I think it is absolutely essential we get the information & be able to judge its credibility" per @MacTXPress, who adds he has not seen any intelligence on the allegations

"This is a very serious and very disturbing allegation if true"
"When you are dealing with the lives of our servicemembers...then it is incredibly serious & we in Congress need to see the information & the sources" per @MacTXPress "It will not be acceptable to delay"
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Busy day in Congress!

9am: House Intelligence Committee on Mueller Report
10am: House Armed Services Commitee on National Defense Authorization Act
10am: House Foreign Affairs Committee on "Emergency" Arms Sales

We've got you covered...
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"Unfinished Business: What Mueller Didn’t Cover, But Congress Can"…

(Your reading accompaniment to Wednesday's House Intelligence Committee hearing on the #MuellerReport) #HPSCI

"What’s in the New Draft National Defense Authorization Act"…

(Your reading accompaniment to Wednesday's House Armed Services Commitee's #NDAA markup hearing)

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#ISIS down "less than a single square mile” in #Baghuz #Syria, @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Joseph Votel to tell #HASC in prepared remarks
“Reduction of the physical caliphate is a monumental military accomplishment, but the fight against #ISIS and violent extremism is far from over” @CENTCOM’s Votel warns #HASC, calling evacuation of #Baghuz “calculated”
“Observations by our men & women on the ground highlights that the #ISIS population being evacuated from the remaining vestiges of the caliphate largely remains unrepentant, unbroken & radicalized” per @CENTCOM’s Gen Votel
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Watch #GenDunford’s opening statement to the #HASC on the current @DeptofDefense security posture and proposed FY19 #budget.
"I want to begin by assuring you that the U.S. military has a competitive advantage over any potential adversary today. I am confident we can defend the homeland, meet our alliance commitments, and prevail in any conflict." -#GenDunford to the #HASC Image
#GenDunford to #HASC: “Defending our homeland, our allies, and advancing our interests...requires us to maintain a balanced inventory of ready, lethal and flexible forces that our relevant across the range of military operations.” Read more ⬇️
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